President Donald Trump said the United Nations Security Council must adopt new and stronger sanctions on North Korea, telling visiting U.N. diplomats that “it’s time to solve the problem” posed by the country’s nuclear-weapons program.
Trump’s admonition on Monday came as the White House scheduled high-level meetings on North Korea amid concerns about a sixth nuclear test and as tensions escalated over the weekend with the arrest of an American citizen.
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American officials briefed the visiting Security Council diplomats at the White House, and the administration said senators will attend a classified briefing there on Wednesday.
On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a special U.N. Security Council session on North Korea.
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The heightened activity takes place as a U.S. aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, heads toward the Korean Peninsula and as experts said North Korea is preparing for additional missile launches and a possible nuclear test. Trump outlined security concerns to the visiting diplomats, singling out Syria and North Korea.
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